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“BD textile and apparel industry should embrace software technology towards industry 4.0”

The Analyst, a software company offers 360-degree consulting for companies and successfully proposes the best IT solutions in the market, able to satisfy all needs in every field including ERP management software, enterprise performance management, financial management and analysis, business analysis and control of management, investment analysis, risk analysis, accounting and tax solutions, supply chain, marketing, web and Industry 4.0.

Bhaskar Ranjan, MD, The Analyst Ltd
Figure 1: Bhaskar Ranjan, Managing Director, The Analyst Ltd.

The Analyst since May 2018 is a new partner and reseller of Datatex products for the Bangladesh market. Currently, Beximco, Liz Fashion Industries Ltd., and EOS Textile Ltd. has Datatex software and two other organizations Jamuna Group, and Purbani Group about to take this software service.

Bhaskar Ranjan Saha, Managing Director, The Analyst Ltd recently shared many insights about implementing automation in the Bangladesh textile industry and the challenges with Textile Today.

Textile Today: Please update us on Analysts’ activities?

Bhaskar Ranjan: The Analyst Ltd. is focused on evolving the textile and apparel industry towards automation. Automation in a sense, we hear a buzz, ‘Enterprise Resource Planning.’ And we call it ‘Integrated Business Process Management System’ through software as a service, it is called SAS. Means in any types of business and other organizations, at least four pillar management functions act as the foundation of the organization (fig-2).

And these four are called supply chain management system or the value chain management system. And if the value chain management system doesn’t function smoothly then ultimately every function will be affected.

For ensuring a smooth function of supply/value chain management system, it essentially requires a flow of information’s, flow of documents, and flow of data. These three components are integrated into a computer software known as ERP System or Business Integrated Management Information System.

The Analyst Ltd is working and calling upon the textile and apparel industry to address these issues and to facilitate the industry people to choose a real ERP, which shall serve this purpose.

Textile Today: How Datatex will be merged with industry 4.0 and automation?

Bhaskar Ranjan: Industry 4.0 concept originated in Germany around 15 years ago. The German government called upon the industry and academic people and elaborated that the future is with the internet. So, how will we face this revolution in the production floor and management floor?

So, Industry 4.0 means machine will be operated through software. And via the internet, it will be communicated to the management. Meaning, the dependency on man, pen and paper will be diminished.

Datatex products are a combination of all these areas: for machine product life cycle system you have the software, in the production floor you have automation, product inspection software, etc. So, it is a combination of around 7 to 10 modules together, which are addressing industry 4.0.

Four pillar management functions
Figure2: Four pillar management functions act as the foundation of an organization.

Textile Today: The existing internet infrastructure in Bangladesh, we have 4G and 5G is also near. But in the true sense, are we getting the proper service of even 3G, which is directly linked with industry 4.0 concept or ERP software handling. How are you seeing this threat?

Bhaskar Ranjan: Definitely internet is the pre-requisite of automation or integrated business process management system or machine learning process. Because the slogan of industry 4.0 is IoT (Internet of Things)/IoP (Internet of People) or the latest one is IoIT (Internet of Industrial Things).

Generally and principally the internet is the focus point. In Bangladesh, most of the ERP users are facing the negative effect of slow internet. Leading to some claims like ERP is not good. Which is the opposite, as slow internet system is the main barrier of ERP slowdown.

All of our client’s factories are out of Dhaka city. Most of the internet service provider of 3G/4G is Dhaka and Chattogram based, and not covered by 4G in the industrial belt. That is why it is a mammoth shortcoming in the way of achieving industry 4.0.

If we do not address this issue of getting 4G in the industrial level. The benefit of industry 4.0, machine learning, ERP system etc. will not to up to the level of expectation.

These are the issues which have to be addressed through the government, nation, even the industry owners also.

Textile Today: On this vital point, when the factory owners are saying they do not have enough internet speed coverage, whereas ERP is an internet based product. So, there is a coordination gap between mobile companies and BTCL.

And as BTCL is Govt. owned, ultimately it is going to Bangladesh government’s end. Overall to whom are you specifically addressing, the ones who can provide this service?

Bhaskar Ranjan: You see, BTCL is giving infrastructure support. Ultimately at your factory, to what extent you need the volume of internet, you have to asses.

But most of the factories management is not assessing the exact requirement or volume of internet speed they need. Most of the businesses and industrial outline in Bangladesh are using 20 years back technology.

But, we are in the age of transformation and the attitude is building. Industrial owners are feeling the need of that. But their decision gets stalled, when they hear the amount of finance is required and say, “Oh! It requires so much money for the software, which is not visible or making any garment piece, then why will I invest 20 to 30 million BDT?”

But on the invisible side, this 20 to 30 million BDT on ERP will generate how much business volume you will get, this is not actually assessed by the factory owners. And the owners go for a cheaper one or work in MS Excel, MS Word. It is really a short understanding of the people.

But we are hopeful with the next generation coming in the industry. Most of whom are studied abroad – their accustomed with computer and software’s – and assessing their requirement, and we are hopeful that within two to three years, the scenario would be totally changed.

Textile Today: You were saying that you are trying to penetrate the Bangladeshi market, giving services to some factories. So, what is your vision in the next 5 to 10 years?

Bhaskar Ranjan: Datatex is 100% textile-focused. The software is made by textile engineers. It addresses solely textile management issues. In Bangladesh we have studied, who can appeal the cost of this software system and found around 1000 factories. So, out of 1000 factory, if 50 factories take the Datatex system in the next 5 to 10 years Datatex will be very much content. Currently, Datatex is serving 450 customers in 32 countries.

Textile Today: At ITMA 2019, what new innovations will you showcase?

Bhaskar Ranjan: At ITMA 2019, our main innovation is how the production floor would be automated into the mainstream of the management system. At stall hall: 8.1, stand: A103.

Textile Today: Anything you would like to add?

Bhaskar Ranjan: We have some plan to do 2 to 3 joint programs yearly on the textile sector ERP system, industry 4.0 or automation in the soft floor with the management system. In that case, through Textile Today our expectations from the industry is that the Bangladesh textile and apparel industry should embrace the technology. And that has to be management technology.

Cause ultimately, only the production technology will not serve the industry growth. Management technology and management efficiency are paramount. A factory’s production will only be enhanced through the management efficiency and to achieve this, the integrated data-driven management system is only way-out.

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